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Ironwood Forest Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Tucson, Arizona that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 236 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

No dogs

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Charlie Convery
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Great introduction to Saguaro National Park- beautiful cactus forest and wildlife. The wash sections of the trail can be annoying but not too strenuous.

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Mike W
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We did a more choose-your-adventure type of thing, but it was great fun

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Erin Brunelle
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I did a slightly modified version of this loop (Cam-Boh - Ironwood Forest - Picture Rocks Wash - Ringtail Loop) that ended up being 3.5 miles round trip and included bits that didn't involve schlepping through sandy washes (though I think at least part of the Picture Rocks Wash was worth it because of all the cool rocks). It's a moderately easy hike with nice vistas of Wasson Peak and the Catalinas, and a good sampling of desert vegetation with quite a few ghost saguaro. A good hike for visitors who don't usually hike, or for those lower energy days when you just need to soak up some desert vibes.

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John P.
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Hiking

Ringtail Trail to Picture Rock Wash Trail, to Ironwood Trail. Diverse Trail in Sugauro forest, washes, canyons. Near Picture Rocks Mtn. About 1 mile in sandy wash conditions.

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R S
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Hiking

Easy trail with little elevation gain. Great city views along the way. Trail isn’t marked well in some areas. “Trails” helped us stay on the right path. Within 100 yards of starting almost walked on rattlesnake. Keep alert.

Richard R.
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There are two washes but overall it was a nice hike through the Saquaro desert. On hot days start early .

Ann Higgins
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A good third of the trail is in a wash. Didn’t care for trudging through it.

Teressa Jackson
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The trail is confusing and without the All Trails map (download it - service is spotty) I’d have definitely been lost. Beautiful saguaro forest, some lovely views, and an easy trek. Didn’t enjoy the section along the wash but it was relatively short lived.

Jennifer Johnson Mouso
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all wash.

Jason Rice
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Not a big fan of walking in the wash.... decent scenery though

Jane Giessert
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For a first time "hiker" I found this trail not marked to clearly and when I got to the main road I had no idea of where to go, decided to back track in order to make sure I found my car!! Overall was very enjoyable and would recommend to any beginner!!

Dan Anich
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We really enjoyed this hike. Beautiful Saguaro everywhere we looked. Perfect hike for beginners.

Nancy Ellis
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Hiking

This a an easy trail and a nice way to enter the Saguaro Natioanl Park wilderness. We started at the base of Picture Rocks and took the Cam-Boh to the Ironwood to the Brittlebush Wash to the Thunderbird to the El Camino del Cerro trailhead. When we were in the Bittlebush Wash, we missed where the trail left the wash to head east to the Thunderbird. We took that wash probably 1.5 miles until it was pretty clear we were off the trail. Retraced our steps and bushwacked to refind the trail. It was useful having the topographical print out to identify the double humped features of the hill where we should have taken the right turn off the wash. Beautiful day and didn't mind the extra walking. My wife was taken with the rocks in the wash.

Michael Fox
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The Ironwood Forest Trail can be accessed from the Cam-Boh Trail near Picture Rocks Road or south from the Picture Rocks Wash. I prefer using this trail as part of a loop. The loop is approximately 3.7 miles beginning with the Cam-Boh Trail, Ironwood Forest Trail, Picture Rocks Wash Trail, Ringtail Trail, and back to the Cam-Boh Trail.

Peter Rodgers
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Ondrej Koplik
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Chna Ann
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Abigail Kuhns
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Amanda Adams
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Rikki B.
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Ryan Gutenkunst
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Raymond Wong
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Whitney Atterberry
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Sean Comerford
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Caroline Graettinger
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Amanda Shank
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David Peterson
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Mary Harris
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Felix Slette
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